Here’s another “guide-fly” lesson from Alvin Dedeaux of All Water Guides. (Or, as he calls them, “super easy to tie, down and dirty, quick and easy, fish-catching guide flies.”) As Alvin says, he doesn’t want to create flies that are complicated or take a long time to tie because a client may throw it into the trees on their first cast. So he’s come up with variations on famous patterns that offer the same basic profile and motion in the water but are easier and faster to tie.
The Dedeaux Snake is Alvin’s budget version of the Tabory Snake Fly, a saltwater pattern developed by Lou Tabory. If you want to tie the more complicated original version of this venerable pattern, check out the video from Tightline Productions here.
Hook: Bass bug hook (here a Gamakatsu B10S), size 1.
Thread: Color to match or contrast body color, 3/0.
Weedguard (optional): 50-pound-test monofilament.
Tail: Zonker strip.
Body: Deer hair, spun.
Head: Tying thread.
Note: Tie this pattern in any colors and combinations you want.